The influence on the legal sector due to Covid-19 has been vast and catastrophic. For many
firms, this has taken the form of lost business, adapting to a remote working style and balancing the retention of the workforce itself. But for law students and juniors, whose voices are often reduced to a mere echo on LinkedIn, this crisis has had a toppling effect on the availability of work experience, training contracts or pupillages, and jobs.
In light of prejudices like Islamaphobia, many organisations within the legal profession have commitments to diversity and inclusion and recognise the importance of having a diverse and inclusive workforce. Yet, as many junior lawyers are all too aware, inequality and discrimination remain woven into the legal profession.
October is Black History Month in the UK, an event that has been celebrated nationwide for more than 30 years. The month was originally founded to recognise the contributions that people of African and Caribbean descent have made to the UK over many generations. Now, Black History Month has expanded to include the history of not just African and Caribbean people, but black people in general.